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L'Etang de Fontmerle, Mougins

Beautiful lotus flower pond on the edge of La Valmasque park

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This peaceful oasis in Mougins in one of the largest lotus ponds in Europe and is set in a beautiful park with woodlands stretching as far as Antibes.

As well as being known for its amazing vegetation, there are also over 70 bird species. It is a great place for a walk, a picnic, some cycling, or just lying around on the grass.

The pond was in peril. In 1992, Fontmerle pond was dying, invaded by phragmites, the common reed. The water surface was reduced to 3%. Rehabilitation works led to restoring almost half the 5 hectares. Phragmites still cover a large area where birds nest. Now, the lotuses still bloom and birds can thrive and reproduce. In the future, it will be important to maintain the right balance between water, phragmites and lotus to protect the ecosystem. Observation points and a bridge were built to help visitors see, hear and discover the wonderful world of this pond.


Visitor comments

  • "This is a huge open park spread around a pond. People come here to walk their dogs, jog or just take a walk. The pond is full with friendly ducks and other kinds of water birds. In season, it is covered with lotus. This is just a lovely green oasis in this attractive neighbourhood." - Trip Advisor
  • "One of the best places to visit when in Mougins. A walk around this lake is an unforgettable experience. Any time of the year is fine. I have been there during winter snow, autumn red leaves, spring flowers or summer mornings. It is always lovely." - Trip Advisor
  • "One of my favourite places here in Mougins. A walk around the beautiful pond, followed by some ball playing on the huge park lawn, makes for a great Sunday afternoon outing." - Trip Advisor


  • Accessibility
  • Disabled access
  • Pedestrian access


  • Activities
  • Cycling
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Nature


  • Address
  • Chemin de L'Etang
  • 06250

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